Champlain Valley Union competing in state tournament

Go fish: High school anglers hooked on new sport

The championship season is starting early for Champlain Valley Union.

The brand-new bass fishing team will represent the Redhawks in Saturday’s first-ever Vermont bass fishing state tournament, looking to earn some early fall-season glory.

The tournament will take place at Apple Bay Marina in South Hero from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I have enjoyed taking kids out,” said Dan Conley, the CVU bass fishing coach.

Conley came on board in early September, after the Vermont Principals’ Association approved bass fishing as a high school sport in the summer.

The Hinesburg resident began setting up practice times at Lake Iroquois and getting kids out on the lake to learn how to fish from a boat. The CVU team competed for the first time just weeks later in the first VPA Bass Fishing Competition.

“Most of it for fishing is just getting out there,” Conley said. “If you want to be a competitive fisherman, you have to fish a lot.”

With four CVU anglers out on the lake during the competition, only one – Shagin Ardesh – caught a fish but his reaction sealed the deal for the first-year coach….Full Story